The Small Business Influencer 2011 Champions and Honorees List is out!
It’s been a complete honor to to work with the Small Business Trends team to produce the Small Business Influencer 2011 awards. As we write about choosing the winners the process was not easy, but we (the judges – of which I am one) did it.
Please check out the full list of champions and honorees here.
There are about 30 million small businesses in the United States, yet there are only a few hundred companies, individuals, pundits, journalist, bloggers, consultants, gurus (and a few others) who are true INFLUENCERS and CHAMPIONS in the small business community.
We wanted to HONOR these folks. It’s not about revenue. It’s not about how big or small your company is. It’s all about HOW YOU INFLUENCE the small business market.
We do not have an exhaustive list here, but we sure hope we’ve been able to honor MANY!
A special shout out to the technology companies (hello..this is a tech site) who made the list (I’ve also kept a few friends in here! 🙂 )
AllBusiness.com – great site (who I write for) of all things business (duh)
Armstrong, Mario – one of America’s leading media personalities about business and tech
Bates, Cindy – leads Microsoft’s efforts to reach small businesses
Bellamkonda, Shashi – he’s a GURU of the social media world (and a swell guy to know)
Berry, Tim – Tim invented business planning for the modern age and knows more about business growth than many will ever know
Black Enterprise – leading magazine on business and more (from a Black American perspective)
Borders + Gratehouse – one of the few PR companies who GET small business
Brelsford, Harry – harry is a “Dr.” of success to many IT consultants
Brodsky, Norm – Norm has been educating small businesses through Inc Magazine and in his big office in Brooklyn for years (thanks Norm)
Cisco – if you don’t have a network, you don’t have a business. Period
Citrix Online – need to do a meeting? need remote access to your computer?
Connolly, Joe – Joe is the smartest and only reporter dedicated so long and consistently to small businesses.
Constant Contact – leaders in email marketing
DeBaise, Colleen – she’s a fire cracker at writing about all things small business
Eberson, Ilana – she”s one of meetups most well connected organizers
Elance – they make it easy to get expert help for your business
Emerson, Melinda – on Twitter she’s smallbizlady (need I say more)
Entrepreneur– great magazine all about entrepreneur’s and the things they love (and hate)
Google – Google’s give small businesses so much storage and online tools that the PC is now changing
Gregory, Alyssa – she’s doing her thing making a “bonfire” for small biz
HP MagCloud – printing magazines is like easier than drinking water with MagCloud
HubSpot– funny I thought Hubspot was a content company that happened to have a product
Intuit – Intuit’s dedication to small business makes them a legend (kudos to Scott Cook and the team)
Jantsch, John – marketing is getting people to know, like and trust you (thanks JJ)
Kukral, Jim– if you want buzz in your brand Jim’s the man
Kurtz, Rod – Rod’s leading the small biz world at AOL and doing a great job
Lawson, John – you’ll laugh and learn when he speaks (so listen and hold on tight)
Lesonsky, Rieva – she’s been writing about small business before Mark Z ever thought of Facebook
Levin, Robert – Rob’s the king of NYC small biz (and maybe more)
Manta – they’re helping local small biz be found
Marks, Gene – he’s a walking encyclopedia of small biz information
Mask, Clate – he’s building the company that will give you time back and still let you make money
McCabe, Laurie – what other analyst lives and breathes small biz like this gal
McCray, Becky – don’t let the cows and horses fool ya – this gal knows small town small biz
Microsoft – Microsoft your a BIG company with a BIG heart for small biz
New York Times – the NYT has some of the best coverage about all things small biz
Nolo – if you want legal insight just check them out
ODesk – need to find “O”utsourced help – ask them
O’Hara, Pamela – her quick smile leads a team of gurus all about segmenting your customer (and more)
OPEN Forum – what other company publishes content about small business and happens to sell credit cards?
PartnerUp – Deluxe has created a vibrant community for us by us
Ploeger, Nancy – With one cup of coffee Nancy leads the fast moving NYC (Manhattan) small biz world
Popick, Janine – Janine’s VR baby continues to help thousands of small biz date their customers through email marketing
Ramberg, JJ – JJ’s sincere knowledge of small businesses is why she’s so good on camera on MSNBC Your Business
Sage – Sage has one of the broadest portfolio’s of products for small businesses
SBA – SBA – thanks for doing your best to help give small biz loans and other free (and fee) programs
SCORE – want to talk to a seasoned business executive for advice?
Shaheen, Jennifer – aka Technology Therapist will tell you more about tech and online than you’ll ever want to know
Simonds, Lauren – this gal is COMMITTED to covering every angle of relevant tech for small biz
Simmons, Michael – his high might intimidate you but that’s only cause he needs room to fit all the entrepreneurial information inside
Startup Nation – doing your gig in some damp basement at home – Startup Nation will give you comfort and hope
Verizon Wireless – not only a great wireless network but also doing much to educated small businesses
Vistaprint – $free.99 for business cards (from Brothatech) – that price can’t be beat (and more!)
Wall Street Journal – Sarah N and the crew at the WSJ keep giving us awesome insight into the small business market